CCNA Deep Dive Round 1 (Early 2020) – Discussion and Feedback

By certskills January 3, 2020 09:21

If you took any of the CCNA Deep Dive courses on O’Reilly, then you probably remember what this post is for. If not, you shouldn’t care! Regardless, this post is a place for anyone in the CCNA 200-301 Deep Dive courses on Safari to connect after the course, specifically for the first round of courses that happen between February 2020 and April 2020. Leave your comments here!

Course Content Discussion

If you have questions or comments about the technology in the course – go for it! Fire away, and I’ll keep an eye out. Up to you to pick a topic!

Feedback Topics

I’ll take any course feedback that you want to add here. But if you want a few ticklers for ideas of subjects to discuss, here are a few:

  1. Pace (too fast/slow/good)
  2. Lecture/Lab Mix(too much lecture, too much lab, good mix?)
  3. Lab exercises: challenge level? Clarity?
  4. Time in lab: too much, too little, just right?

CNA 200-301 Deep Dive Round 1

Also, for those who land here but don’t know…

CCNA 200-301 Deep Dive is the name of a series of Live courses I’m teaching in 2020 at O’Reilly (aka Safari Books Online). For these live courses, you could navigate to the Live Training page and search for my last name (Odom) to easily find all these. Or just use these handy links since you’re already here:

All Safari Live Training

CCNA 200-301 Deep Dive Series

All O’Reilly Classes from Wendell (on Current Schedule)


For reference, here’s the list of the first round of CCNA 200-301 Deep Dive courses.

  1. Feb 13th – Cisco CLI and Packet Tracer Basics
  2. Feb 20th – LAN Switching, VLANs, and Trunking
  3. Feb 27th – Rapid Spanning Tree and EtherChannel
  4. March 4th – IPv4 Addressing and Static Routing
  5. March 11th – OSPF Concepts and Configuration
  6. March 25th – DHCP, DHCP Snooping, and DAI
  7. March 31st – NAT and NTP
  8. April 7th – Controller-Based Networking, JSON, and REST
Packet Tracer Labs - CCNA Vol 1 Chapter 18
When Will (Did) You Move on to CCNA 200-301?
By certskills January 3, 2020 09:21
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  1. JEE February 20, 18:05

    Just got done with the DD2 course. I think this is a great format to learn and as the name suggest dive deeper into the topics covered in your books. Unfortunately, for me I am very green and new to Cisco networking and a recent subscriber to O’Reilly online. I just happen to see the DD2 course was available and sign up for it.

    For someone completely new I believe it is an excellent way to be exposed to the material. Having you go through the material and to be able to ask you questions is priceless. I also like how you spent time towards the end of the labs working through and hitting some of high points or main ideas of what we should have gotten out of the labs.

    However, in my case I felt I needed a bit more of a foundation to really get the most out of it. Maybe I should have started out at the shallow end of the pool :). But that’s on me. You did cover this at the end of the course by providing some good guidelines and recommendations of what to study in order to be better prepared for the next series of DD courses.

    All in all I can see a huge potential in this type of training and love the fact it is being made available to me. It is an immensely helpful tool for anyone interested in moving forward in their career.

    BTW – Love your book and all the additional resources included with it as well.

    Keep up the awesome work.


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    • certskills Author February 22, 06:55

      Thanks so much for the feedback! You’ll have to let us know if the pre-reading for future weeks helps. I also think this past course was a little too much material for the time slot, and I’m still figuring out the balance. And thanks for the encouragement!

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